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Gun Manufacturer Sues Gov't Over Bump Stock Ban

A bump stock is displayed in Harrisonburg, Va. In the days and weeks leading up to the ban on bump stocks that took effect Tuesday, March 26, 2019, tens of thousands of the devices were destroyed by owners or handed over to authorities. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

A gun company has filed suit against the federal government over the recent bump stock ban, claiming the ban has cost them $20m in losses.

RW Arms, Ltd. announced the federal lawsuit Monday after filing it late last month.

The company, which touts itself as the nation’s largest supplier of bump stocks, claims the government enacted the ban on the devices “without just compensation … in violation of the 5th Amendment of the United States Constitution.”

RW Arms, which filed the lawsuit with Minnesota retailer Modern Sportsman, says it destroyed over 73,000 bump stocks in compliance with the ban, and is seeking fair market value compensation for the losses, according to the release.

The decision to ban bump stocks came from the Department of Justice in January. Bump stocks were used in the 2017 massacre in Las Vegas but are not typical accessories in firearm violence. Bump stocks were created for disabled and handicapped shooters but were frequently used as a novelty for recreational shooters. The Supreme Court denied a push from gun-rights groups to stay the government’s ban.